breath·​ing | \ ˈbrē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce breathing (audio) \

Definition of breathing

: either of the marks ʽ and ʼ used in writing Greek to indicate aspiration or its absence

Examples of breathing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doctors say parents should look for fever as well as a combination of any of these symptoms: abdominal pain, confusion, diarrhea, red eyes, rash, swollen hands and feet, difficulty breathing and passing out. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "COVID-19 roundup: Critically ill Kentucky boy shows virus's danger to kids, Beshear says," 11 May 2020 Masks shouldn’t be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Leada Gore |, al, "Old Navy selling 5 face masks for $12.50," 11 May 2020 For 16 days after that, Charlunda lay in her hospital bed as a ventilator did the work of breathing while the virus ravaged her body. Kristen Jordan Shamus,, "COVID-19 nearly killed them both: A Michigan couple's journey to hell and back," 10 May 2020 Several residents near the chemical gas plant of LG Polymers India in RR Venkatapuram village of the district reported burning sensation in their eyes and difficulty in breathing, and were being advised by the authorities to stay indoors. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "11 dead and over 5,000 take ill after gas leak at a chemical plant in India’s Visakhapatnam," 6 May 2020 He was hospitalized on breathing support for about two weeks, Jon said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Parker Knoll, Lutheran pastor lost to COVID-19, remembered as 'a humble servant of God'," 6 May 2020 More pernicious are the clots that impede blood flow in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing. Jason Gale, Fortune, "Doctors warn of emerging COVID-19 symptom: dangerous blood clots," 5 May 2020 Computer logic in the blower sends puffs of air into the mask timed to the user’s breathing patterns. Matthew Putman, STAT, "The U.S. needs to make more CPAP machines. Our supply chain is blocking that," 1 May 2020 Particular emphasis is placed on core strength, breathing and movement. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mari Winsor, Pilates Instructor to the Stars, Dies at 70," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of breathing

1746, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breathing was in 1746

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15 May 2020

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“Breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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